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Peter Cook

Pentagon Press Secretary
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Peter Cook

Peter Cook is Pentagon Press Secretary and the chief spokesman for the Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. 

Before coming to the Pentagon, Cook spent his career in journalism. Most recently he worked as Chief Washington correspondent for Bloomberg Television where he covered the intersection of government and business and often reported on national security issues. His regular beats included the White House, Congress, Treasury and the Pentagon.

Cook covered three Presidential elections at Bloomberg, and his reporting took him around the globe. He interviewed world leaders such as Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Canada’s Stephen Harper as well as President Obama.

Before Bloomberg, Cook worked for NBC News and MSNBC and covered the Pentagon during the start of the Iraq war. He helped launch as Washington bureau chief. Cook started his career in local television, winning awards for his work as an anchor and reporter in North Carolina, Virginia and Idaho.

Cook is a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He was born in Washington but spent his early youth living in Italy.

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